Most smokers with bladder cancer are aware that using tobacco increased their risk of disease, a new study finds. More than half of bladder cancers in the United States are caused by smoking.
“Bladder cancer is actually the second most common smoking-related cancer, second only to lung,” lead author Dr. Jeffrey C. Bassett of Kaiser Permanente Southern California in Anaheim told Reuters.
Previous studies suggested most bladder cancer patients did not understand the connection between their disease and tobacco, he noted. “Bladder cancer patients smoking at diagnosis appear to accept that their own smoking caused their cancer, positioning them for a more motivated (and more likely successful) attempt at quitting,” Bassett said.